p.1 Launch - Last Thursday at 12 o'clock A.M. the Rapid Steam-Boat constructed on Mr. Sanford's plan, was launched, the instant she started on her ways, the band commenced playing God save the King. As one third of her length entered the water, a part of the ways broke. And to the regret of a vast concourse of people, she suddenly stopped. The Cobourg Steamer, after making three ineffectual efforts to drag her into her destined element, went away in a pet and left her to her fate. The Kingston, commanded by Capt. Ives, resumed the task, and on the very first attempt, took her off in fine style. On her arrival at Mr. Norton's Wharf, she was cheered by a vast concourse of spectators. - appears as light as a feather, swims like a duck, and draws but 15 inches water. Upwards of 300 persons went aboard to honor her with additional cheers, the weight of whom, scarcely sunk her 3/4 of an inch. She is surely a rara avis in terris, the only one of the kind in America, perhaps in the world, - of a beautiful model, strong as iron and timber could make her, buoyant as a piece of cork, steady as the hills. It is the opinion of almost every person who saw her in the water, that she cannot fail answering the purpose for which she was made. A very sumptuous collations was got up, for the occasion, by the building committee, open to all who chose to partake. A number of loyal and appropriate toasts were given, the band playing to each, in fine style. The greatest glee and hilarity prevailed through out the day; no accident of any kind, or disturbance of any nature took place. This certainly was a very singular circumstance, considering that there were between three and four thousand persons present. The middle of July is the time appointed, for her trial trip. Great praise is unquestionably due Mr. Sanford, for the expeditious and masterly manner, in which he has executed the duties devolving on him as a superintendent, and master builder. - May success attend the Rapid. [Grenville Gazette 17th]
p.2 We understand that a Survey has been made of a Canal Route, from Cold Water to Lake Simcoe, by the Narrows, and the report to His Excellency the Lieut. Governor is expected to appear in a few days. This is in furtherance of the long projected plan of opening a navigable communication, from the head of the bay of Quinte, through the great chain of interior lakes to Lake Huron. [Patriot]
Long Point - We have learned from a particular friend, that steam vessels and schooners pass freely through the chasm, made by the storm last winter, in the isthmus of Long Point. We hope that no time will be lost in taking the necessary steps to complete what the tempest commenced, and to provide against its being filled up again. A contract for finishing it has been advertised for, but we have not heard whether the agreement has been concluded or not. [Western Mercury]
advantages of Rideau Canal - demonstrated by firm of Rose & Cameron, who had tea sent both ways - and it arrived cheaper and faster by the Rideau than by the St. Lawrence.
p.3 death of Robert Moore, Master Shipwright at H.M. Dock Yard, Kingston, 55 years old.